Rescue Dogs In Japan

Check out this GREAT STORY from CNN on the search and rescue dogs in Japan.


Pearl, From Rescue to Savior!

Some of you may remember Pearls story from last fall. Pearl was surrendered to a shelter and was subsequently chosen to participate in a program where she was trained for search and rescue. She exhibited the signs of a good search and rescue dog because she was motivated by play, showed intelligence and a drive to succeed!

Pearl was instrumental in saving a dozen people when she was called to work in Haiti. For her work she was given the American Society for the Prevention of Cruelty to Animals, Dog of the Year Award for 2010. A children’s book was written about Pearl’s work in Haiti to raise money for training new search dogs. The book is called A New Job for Pearl, and has illustrations made by second graders.

Now she is going to go to work in Japan doing the same kind of search and rescue mission in the aftermath of the recent earthquake. You can see updates of what Pearl is doing on the Search Dog Foundation’s Facebook page. Thanks to Care2 for a great story on adorable Pearl!

How amazing is it that this wonderful, trainable dog was plucked out of a SHELTER and she is saving lives!

Dog Owners Are Healthier

 Well tell us something we DON’T know!

A new study led by a Michigan State University researcher shows people who owned and walked their dogs were 34 percent more likely to meet federal benchmarks on physical activity than those who don’t have dogs. The study appears in the current issue of the Journal of Physical Activity and Health



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Dog and Cat Day!

It looks like Girl Scout, Jordan Lucero, is determined to earn her Girl Scout Gold Award. And has enlisted the support of the Humane Society of Utah by having a “Dogs and Cats Day”:

The Girl Scout Gold Award is the highest and most prestigious award in the Girl Scout program. It is earned by only 5-6% of Girl Scouts nationally. Jordan’s plan for earning this esteemed award is to have a “Dogs and Cats Day” which stands for Day Of Giving Supplies and Caring About Their Survival on March 12, 2011. This is a day when people can bring much-needed supplies to their local animal shelter, so that even if someone cannot adopt an animal they can still help homeless pets by donating supplies. Although everyone is encouraged to bring donations to the animal shelters on March 12, Jordan is especially encouraging current and former Girl Scouts to take part in the donation drive. Her motto for the day is, “Together we can be part of the solution, with your help we can do this.”
So if you are in the Utah area, celebrate Dog and Cat Day by donating supplies to your local animal shelter!
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Jones Natural Chews Recalls Pig Ear Dog Chews-Jones Natural Chews Co of Rockford, IL is recalling 2705 boxes of Pig Ears because it has the potential to be contaminated with SalmonellaSalmonella can affect animals and there is risk to humans from handling contaminated pet products.

Go HERE for more information!

Ode to a Dog

Ok, so this isn’t really an Ode…..I don’t even know what an Ode is….but I need to give a “shout out” to my incredible dog Abigail…..and the rest of our pup pack, Ginger, Lola and Lilly.

Abby came to me in a very unusual way. You see, Lola was supposed to be my dog. I had dreamt of a fuzzy little lap dog since I was a child…..Paul knows that since he was there for some of it and even remembers me going on and on about how someday I was going to get a fuzzy little puppy and dress her up and put bows in her hair… I finally go one…..on Paul’s Birthday…..??….yes, I got a dog for his birthday…..don’t ask ok….that just how we roll!

So anyway, long story short I get this dog and low and behold……she is a tom boy. She tolerated me and my insistence on dresses and top knots but truth be told, she liked Paul better…..he would share his sandwich and Cheetos with her….and he would throw her ball forever!…..and she REALLY liked that……so my dog fell in love with my husband…..I can’t blame her! I think he is pretty awesome too LolaBelle!

So there I was….after 2 years…..and we had this great dog…..who had no desire to let me pick her up, didn’t like to cuddle and would only sleep in our bed, provided you don’t TOUCH HER! Place even a toe on her and she is OUT and heads to her apartment under the bed…..

So finally I had enough….I wanted MY dog darn it! So the search began……We were long into our business of LolaBelle’s Treats and we were a foster family for Last Chance Rescue so I knew adoption was the only option. I headed over to and spent a month searching for just the right dog. I looks at Poodles and Poms and Papillions and Yorkies ….. even called on a few……almost adopted more than one Bichon but they would be adopted by the time my call went in (:D)

And then I saw her……a picture of this black blob of fluff….just hanging from a shelter volunteers arms…..and her toes were white……on all four feet where these white toes……and I knew in an instant….that was MY dog! So I told my boss at the time I needed to go….my dog was sitting in a shelter in Lockhart and I had to go save her! So he rolled his eyes and waved me off and out the door I went!

I kept telling myself….and my husband…..that if for some reason she didn’t work out we will put her in the Last Chance Rescue system and get her adopted and at least we saved her from a high kill shelter, right? But I knew…..I knew as soon as I scooped that dog up in my arms it was going to work out.

We had 3 hours to kill on the drive home so we talked…..I told her all about the nice man at my house who would try to steal her with sandwiches and offers of play time but I told her to RESIST and that she was supposed to be MY dog….and she listened……I told her about my Aunt who had been diagnosed with Melanoma and how sad and scared I was…and she listened……I told her all about the house she was going to and that she is going to have sisters to play with and she would never again have to worry about having something to eat.

That night I stretched out on the couch and she crawled up on top of me and stretched out too and promptly fell asleep……I looked at Paul and said “THIS is why I drove 3 hours for this dog…..I think it’s going to work out!” and has it ever!

Abby is my constant companion. She follows where ever I go……always keeping me in sight…..she is my clown…..chasing her friends around the yard and doing her little “bunny hops” when she is fetching a ball….she is pure JOY….always happy to see me, even when it’s simply a return trip from the bathroom! She loses her mind when you walk in the front door…greeting you with yips and yaps and lots of jumping and dancing….like she hasn’t seen you in a month…..

The children get annoyed or they are too “busy” to greet her…..I make them stop and say hello…..she is teaching and we don’t even realize it……life is short….tell people you love them….every day! That’s Abigail’s motto!

She always comes when I call her. She always accepts the invitation to sit in my lap. She is always up for a nap in the big bed and she stands on my lap quietly while I hug her and cry into her fur. When I walk in the front door she stands on the back of the couch and places one paw on each shoulder so she can look me in the eye when I speak to her and she gives me a snuffle and a few kisses and I whisper in her ear how much I missed her. I then scoop her up and hold her like a baby….with her back legs wrapped around my waist…..never seen anything like it…..but she would stay there forever with her arms around my neck and her legs around my waist and her little 20 lb. body pressed up against me.

My dog is a gift…..He knew I needed her then……with my beloved Aunt dying…..I just needed this pup more than I could possibly know……but He knew……..He knew I would need her even more dealing with my husbands cancer….so he sent me this furry little angel to be beside me during our trials and tribulations…..and she does so…..ever faithfully….

I am always reminded of this sweet little video…..and may we all receive a pup like my Abby…..

Moscow to Deport 26,000 Stray Dogs

 There is an outcry of protest arising in Moscow where the city is purposing relocating it’s 26,000 stray dogs and taking them to a “facility” outside the city.

Moscow has had a stray dog problem for years. 26,000 accounts for 70 dogs per square mile….that’s a lot.

These are very street wise animals….many figuring out the subway is a great place to spend time…often riding the trains from one stop to the next. The trains provide a padded seat and often scraps of food from commuters.

But the difficult fact to face is many of these dogs are dangerous. They travel in packs and occasionally attack people. There must be a solution but I am not sure a “concentration camp” is the right answer…..

Check out the entire story courtesy of the Huffington Post….

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